Thread: SDL redirects stdout/cout, can't output to con

  1. #1
    Spaced Cadet
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    Aug 2003

    SDL redirects stdout/cout, can't output to con

    	con = fopen("CON", "w");
    	if (!con) {
    		printf("Cannot open CON\n");
    That bit of code (after SDL_init()) causes Cannot open CON to be printed to stdout.txt ratrher than pointing a valid pointer to CON (DOS console, which I want). Even redirecting:

    	freopen( "CON", "w", stdout );
    	freopen( "CON", "w", stderr );
    doesn't fix the problem as stdout and stderr now don't work at all.

    (Note: SDL_init() redirects stdout and stderr to txt files). I've even tried using cout to find that it has the same problem.

    I'm using borland 5.5, SDL 1.2 and windows XP SP2.
    Last edited by Dark Nemesis; 03-19-2005 at 12:15 AM.

  2. #2
    Just Lurking Dave_Sinkula's Avatar
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    Do the calls to freopen succeed? Perhaps you could specify the platform and OS and cite the usage of "CON" on this platform with regard to f[re]open? What are the contents of the file "CON"?
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  3. #3
    Spaced Cadet
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    Aug 2003
    1) They return 0
    2) CON is the console redirecting to the 'file' CON redirects to the console.
    3) See above.

  4. #4
    Registered User
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    Sep 2004
    If there is no console, you will need to call AllocConsole(). This will create a new console window, and it will automatically initialize stdin, stdout, and stderr handles for the new console. These handles than then be retreived by calling GetStdHandle().

    If there is a console already, then I'm not sure as freopen should work the way you have it.

  5. #5
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    May 2004
    I think there are pre-compiled binaries that allow this. There is also another way that I can't remember (I don't think its worth troubling over personally). Try searching boards, thats where I saw it.

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